Finished! Gibson Blouse.

It was a long, painful process, but it’s done and I couldn’t be happier.  Usually, when I finish a project, I have a hard time seeing past all of the little mistakes I made along the way.  I don’t really have that problem with this particular blouse.  I credit that to the fact that I really took my time.  I even put it down for a couple of weeks because I was growing frustrated with it and I didn’t want to rush into a bunch of mistakes just to get it over with.   I’m glad I took my time, and I’m glad I built up the courage to finally make something out of this exquisite Japanese lawn, such fine material deserves to be made and worn.IMG_20180421_175715_682

This is a detail of the pintucks and lace insertions that went into making the yoke of the blouse.  I worked in this for four hours per day for around a week.  It was exhausting.  I can’t count how many times I burned my fingers making each of those blasted little pintucks.

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I was anxious about the whole thing until I got the lace collar on.  I really wasn’t buying it until I added that little detail.


The whole look, complete with my skirt!  This picture was taken on the formerly-grant staircase in my building, (you stand around for 100 years and we’ll see how well you hold up.) I’m wearing a very plain straw hat because I thought I looked silly without something on my head.  I’ve grown so familiar with how people dressed back in the 1900s that I just didn’t feel comfortable without a hat, even if it’s floppy and plain.

I love this whole look, I think it’s exactly what I’m going for.  What would I have looked like if I was alive in 1917?  I believe this is pretty much it.  A working-class girl doing the best she can with whatever she can get her hands on.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Elena says:

    Such a lovely blouse! Congratulations! 🙂

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  2. Emily Kitsch says:

    I’m in absolute awe! I’m so impressed that you did all the pintucks and lace insertion yourself – I honestly thought on first glance that the fabric was ready made that way – silly me! Your work is phenomenal and it put a huge smile on my face to see a post from you! ❤

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    1. I thought I was going to go batty with all those tucks, it’s all worth it if you think they’re cool!


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